Utah is increasing efforts to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine to all communities and UTA is supporting this effort by providing free fares to and from vaccination appointments through June 30, 2021. Free fare is valid on all UTA modes – TRAX, frontrunner, S-Line, bus, Ski bus, Paratransit, UTA’s On Demand service and PC-SLC connect. Use confirmed vaccination appointment as proof of fare upon boarding. See flyers below for more information.
The pandemic finish line is in sight, and — as with any marathon — we need to stay the course and keep up our stamina in order to safely put this test of endurance behind us.
With COVID-19 case counts falling and Utah’s vaccination rates picking up, what safety protocols remain in place in Canyons District schools? Are any changes to the weekly school schedule expected this year?
Canyons District will continue to follow all applicable laws and consult with local health guidelines in determining next steps as we head into the final leg of the 2020-2021 school year. For now, here are the latest COVID-19-related developments and updates:
Are face masks still required in schools, on buses?
Yes. Face masks will continue to be required in schools, on buses, and at the District Office after April 10, even for those who have received a vaccination for the novel coronavirus. A bill approved by Utah lawmakers during the 2021 legislative session ends the state’s mask mandate starting April 10. Schools, however, are exempted from the legislation. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has said that, in line with the most recent Utah Department of Health order, “the mask mandate will continue after April 10 in schools and for large gatherings.” Canyons will continue to seek guidance from health authorities and update families and employees of any changes in our safety protocols.
How long will Virtual-Learning Fridays remain in place?
The blended-learning model that calls for four days of in-person learning, while reserving Fridays for independent study, will remain in place for the rest of the school year. The expectation is that next fall, schools will return to a five-day schedule. But to preserve planning and collaboration time for teachers this year, and predictability for staff, parents and students who have established childcare and work routines, the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, March 16 opted to stick with virtual Fridays through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It’s a decision favored by the majority of teachers, parents, and students who voiced their opinions via email and through in-person public comments. The schedule has served as a “release-valve” for teachers who have been required to teach changing rosters of students across multiple learning environments (in-person, online and students in quarantine). Students say it’s also helped them cope with the stresses of the pandemic. Many are using Fridays to consult with faculty, receive tutoring, and meet with students in test-prep groups. To further support students with unfinished learning challenges, the District will offer summer learning opportunities. More details about the programs are forthcoming.
DAYLIGHT SAVING happened this weekend. Did you “spring forward” and turn your clock forward one hour last night?
REPORT CARDS were sent home last week. Look in Thursday folders or in mail on Monday, Mar 15. Last trimester of this school year starts tomorrow Monday!
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP VIDEOS: Feel free to view this with your children to discuss how to be a good citizen online.
SPRING CONSTRUCTION: Replacement of the PK-1st playground is happening on south side of the school. Completion is expected this spring.
CAYCI SURVEY administration this month! Parent surveys were sent home in Thursday folders with the oldest or only sibling at East Midvale. We would very much appreciate your time and thought in completing this survey. Students returning surveys by March 25 will get treats for each sibling at EME and be entered into a prize drawing!
MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC – Tuesday March 16 at EAST MIDVALE ELEMENTARY. Call 385-204-6257 for appointment. This is a free clinic for uninsured patrons. Consultations done. No physicals or lab work done.
KINDERGARTEN and PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION happening now! Contact EME front office at 801-826-8350. Register for Kindergarten by April 23 and receive a fun take home learning packet!
Looking for childcare? Here is a resource to help find childcare: Care About Childcare
Our kinders celebrated the 100th day of Kindergarten by imagining each other at 100 years old! How fun! Ms. Price and her student were having “back problems” that day!
2nd Step Social Emotional Learning Tip of the Week
Students continue to practice and learn strategies to manage anger, disappointment and anxiety.
This week add exercise to the list of calm down strategies. This can include taking a walk, going for a run, doing jumping jacks, playing soccer, shooting hoops and yoga poses.
Parent Tip: When you see your student struggling to manage an emotion, encourage them to:
- Name their feeling
- Try a calm down strategy like exercise.
Calm down strategies include:
- Counting to 10
- Guided meditation
- Positive self-talk
- Belly Breathing
Praise their attempts to manage emotions and their successes.